A compilation of two photos – an injured woman lying on a hospital bed and mangled remains of the car in which the Unnao rape survivor was travelling on July 28 – has gone viral on social media with a claim that the girl has succumbed to her injuries.
BOOM got in touch with hospital authorities who told us that the girl is alive but is on life support. Her condition remains critical.
“She is critical and on life support system right now. But she is alive” — Dr Sudhir, co-faculty in-charge of media cell, KGMU
We also sent across image used in the viral post to the doctor to confirm whether she was the Unnao rape survivor, as sharing of the picture clearly violates media ethics. The doctor confirmed that the picture was not of the Unnao rape survivor.
The post concerns the Unnao rape survivor who has been fighting for justice for two years now. The girl was allegedly raped by the local BJP MLA Kuldip Singh Sengar at his residence in Unnao where she had gone seeking employment. Sengar was expelled from the party on Thursday.
In course of two year from the alleged incident, the girl’s father died in judicial custody. On July 28, two of her aunts died in a road accident near Rae Bareli. The victim and her lawyer were critically injured in the same accident.
Since the accident, social media is rife with the news of her death.
A caption with the viral post reads ‘Farewell. Unnao rape victim no more. No one would have imagined that a family will have to die along their daughter just to get justice. Operation Truck was successful…now a new narrative will be created…lectures would be delivered about women empowerment. Congratulations to the MLA. And in the end, who can change the fate! May you never be born in this country, beloved one. Farewell. Operation Truck was successful.’
(Hindi: अलविदा ! उन्नाव रेप पीड़िता अब नही रही … कोई ऐसा सोच भी नही सकता था कि न्याय के लिए एक बेटी को परिवार सहित मरना पड़ा हो ! ऑपरेशन ट्रक सफल हुआ अब कोई नई कहानी गढ़ी जाएगी,, महिला हितों के लिए लंबे लंबे भाषण दिए जाएंगे ! विधायक जी को बधाई !
और अंत में #होनी_को_कौन_टाल_सकता_है ! लाडो तुम कभी न आना इस देश 😢अलविदा 😢
ऑपरेशन ट्रक सफल हुआ | बुझ गया दीप | सुरिक्षत हुआ कुलदीप)
Meanwhile, news reports stated the girl might airlifted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Delhi) for further treatment if feasible. Read more on this here. BOOM has not independently confirmed the same.
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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.
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